Carnegie Mellon University

Daniel Silverman

Daniel Silverman

Assistant Professor, Institute for Politics and Strategy

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Daniel Silverman is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on the dynamics of violent conflict, especially in the Middle East and the wider Islamic world. He is particularly interested in the psychological factors – including the biases and misperceptions – that drive conflicts, and how they can be mitigated or leveraged to promote peace. 

To date, his research is published or forthcoming in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly (twice), the Journal of Conflict Resolution (twice), the Journal of Peace Research, Security Studies, Political Research Quarterly, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Before arriving at CMU, he received his PhD in political science at the Ohio State University and his BA in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. More detailed information is available on his website.


Acosta, Benjamin, Reyko Huang, and Daniel Silverman. "Introducing ROLE: A Database of Rebel Leader Attributes in Armed Conflict." Journal of Peace Research, Online First. Link.

Huang, Reyko, Daniel Silverman, and Benjamin Acosta. "Friends in the Profession: Rebel Leaders, International Social Networks, and External Support for Rebellion." International Studies Quarterly, Online First. Link.

Silverman, Daniel, Daniel Kent, and Christopher Gelpi. "Putting Terror in its Place: An Experiment on Mitigating Fears of Terrorism Among the American Public." Journal of Conflict Resolution, Online First. Link.

Silverman, Daniel, Karl Kaltenthaler, and Munqith Dagher. "Seeing Is Disbelieving: The Depths and Limits of Factual Misinformation in War." International Studies Quarterly. Link.

Silverman, Daniel. “Too Late to Apologize? Collateral Damage, Post-Harm Compensation, and Insurgent Violence in Iraq.” International Organization 1-19. Link. 

Kaltenthaler, Karl, Daniel Silverman, and Munqith Dagher. “Nationalism, Threat, and Support for External Intervention: Evidence from Iraq. Security Studies 29(3): 549-573. Link.

Silverman, Daniel. “What Shapes Civilian Beliefs about Violent Events? Experimental Evidence from Pakistan.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 63(6): 1460-1487. Link.

Isani, Mujtaba Ali, and Daniel Silverman. “Foreign Policy Attitudes towards Islamic Actors: An Experimental Approach.” Political Research Quarterly 69(3): 571-582. Link.

Dagher, Munqith, Karl Kaltenthaler, and Daniel Silverman. “Identity, Ideology, and Information: The Sources of Iraqi Public Support for the Islamic State.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 41(10): 801-824. Link.